David Wood


David Houston Wood, Ph.D., currently serves as “Distinguished Professor of English.” He teaches Renaissance, medieval, and classical literature. The recent winner of the Michigan Association of State Universities' “2017 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award,” he is also honored to have earned Northern Michigan University’s “2015 Distinguished Faculty Award,” and its “2011 Excellence in Teaching Award.”

Having published widely in top journals ranging from Shakespeare Yearbook to Renaissance Drama; from Prose Studies to Interfaces; from Disability Studies Quarterly to the Blackwell Literature-Compass Online, he is also the author of a monograph titled Time, Narrative, and Emotion in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2009), and the co-editor of two essay collections, both completed with Allison P. Hobgood (Willamette University): the first, a special issue of the journal Disability Studies Quarterly, titled Disabled Shakespeares (free online at www.dsq-sds.org [29.4 Fall 2009]); and the second, Recovering Disability in Early Modern England (The Ohio State UP, 2013). David has given recent invited talks at venues such as the Eastern Washington University’s “Discussions on Disability” (2018), the University of Michigan’s “Early Modern Colloquium” (2014), and Willamette University’s “Liberal Arts Colloquium” (2012).

In addition to the Greco-Roman dramatic and epic material he regularly teaches for his “Honors 101— Antiquities” and “Honors 111— Shakespeare on Film” courses, he has recently led a number of graduate seminars for NMU’s English Department, as well. Some of his courses include:

  • “Geoffrey Chaucer: Gender, Power, and Authority” (Winter 2020, 2018)
  • “John Milton: Poetics, Polemics, and Politics” (Winters: 2018, 2017, 2012, 2009)
  • “Shakespeare and Disability Studies” (Winter 2016)
  • “Shakespeare and the Wars of the Roses” (Winter 2013)
  • “Literature and Disability Studies” (Fall 2011)
  • “Shakespeare’s Marlowe” (Winter 2011)
  • “Renaissance Sexualities” (Winter 2009)

David lives in Marquette, MI, with his wife (Vicki), his three children (Maddie, Henry, and Nate), a wild dog (Rozzy), and a funky tabby cat (Wedge); he is also a proud winner of The New Yorker magazine’s cartoon caption contest (#111).

Selected Recent Publications:

“Disability and Emotion,” Routledge Companion to Literature and Emotion, Patrick Hogan, ed. New York: Routledge (forthcoming 2021).

"Disability in Renaissance Drama." Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama. Arthur Kinney, ed. Blackwell (2018).

"Early Modern Disability and Literature." Co-written with Allison P Hobgood. The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability. Clare Barker and Stuart Murray, eds. Cambridge University Press (2017).

David Wood